Mission Outreach and Opportunity
We have opportunities to serve in a number of local missions and missions beyond our community missions and opportunities to spread the love of Jesus Christ.
Agape Cafe to Go
Indoor seat seating is closed at this time but you can pick up a meal in the parking lot a take it to go at 4:30-5:30 pm. (note the change in time due to it getting dark early)
Join us for this free meal, open to all in the community, every Thursday evening. Doors open at 4 pm for fellowship, dinner is at 5 pm. There is a chair for you!
The First United Methodist Church has been graciously hosting Agape Cafe for over 10 years. This is merely an extension of the church's call to compassionate caring.
Agape Cafe is a free 3-course dinner offered to the surrounding community every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Its intent is to help people in all circumstances to become aware of God's great, unconditional love for every person.
The dining room is in Lamson Hall on the lower level of the building, and we are handicap accessible. Doors open at 4 p.m. for coffee, tea, cribbage, and conversation followed by dinner at 5 p.m. Guests may choose a seat anywhere. Servers will greet and offer beverages as well as present the evening's menu. Because this is meant to be a pleasant dinner out, guests will be served each course.
The atmosphere is much like a big family gathering with lots of laughter, hugging, and sharing.
Dinners usually consist of fruit cup or homemade soup, or fresh salad, followed by a homecooked hearty main course, freshly baked bread, and dessert. Most of the time we are able to accommodate a variety of dietary needs.
So come find out if Agape Cafe is for you - and bring friends and family. Hope to see you soon!
For the past few summers, we have been able to grow fresh vegetables for our neighbors. Each spring we plant tomatoes, green beans, summer squash, zucchini, and so much more. As the harvest comes, we place the produce in a small stand that sits on the side of Felton Street. Folks are encouraged to take what they need.
Farley School Partnership
This is a beautiful opportunity for us to support the children and teaches of C. A. Farley Elementary School, this school supports children and families in our neighborhood. We collect much needed items twice a year, for the opening of school in September and refilling the cupboards in February.
Caring for Caregivers
The church has recognized a yearning by caregivers in the community, for a place to gather, intended for anyone who needs a break and wants to be with others going through difficult times caring for their loved ones. Our purpose is to establish a safe, quiet setting for those who are feeling the weight that often accompanies caregiving. Caregivers often feel unique, isolated, and alone. We can’t solve problems or change a situation but we will offer support by encouraging each other to not feel weak, selfish or unloving, because of our thoughts. We offer a place to talk, vent, cry, even laugh, or just be still and listen.
Come share your concerns and feelings with those who know what you are going through. There is no judgment only attentive and compassionate support. You may come to as few or as many of our meetings as you wish. The meetings are open to anyone who is a caregiver. e meet for an hour or so, on the first floor of the church in Lamson Hall. We are handicap accessible. Please feel free to call for information at 978-562-2932.
Kylee's Kare Kits for Kidz
Kylee's Kare Kits for Kidz is a program that provides food for children in our local schools who are food insecure. Our church plays a small part in this worthy program by providing storage space and an assembly area.
Each Friday children receive a kare kit that includes cereal, juice, fruit cups, applesauce, pudding, macaroni & cheese, chicken noodle soup, Chef Boyardee or Spaghettio products, granola bars, fruit snacks, peanut butter crackers. The contents of the kare kits vary week to week depending upon what can be purchased on sale or donated that week. This important program is now providing food to about 500 children on a weekly basis.
BEYOND OUR COMMUNITY
Bridges to Malawi
Our own Dr. Brian Lisse administers this important non-profit organization. Brian has spent over 10 years traveling to Malawi, a poverty-stricken country located in southeast Africa. He established the nonprofit organization Bridges to Malawi with a mission to help the lives of those less fortunate who are suffering from sickness, disease, and famine. Brian, along with a group of medical students and other healthcare providers, make an annual trip to Malawi. There, they provide medical care and medical knowledge to improve the health and well-being of the Malawi community. The organization and its team have helped to fight malnutrition and famine, increase family incomes, and protect the people of Malawi from malaria.
Down East Maine Missions - Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Imagine giving up a week's vacation to work hard, get dirty, and do what it takes to help those who are unable to help themselves... Each year a group of folks from First United Methodist Church of Hudson and beyond come together and travel to Down East Maine. They go with a deep commitment to help others and with their skills (OR their readiness to learn some new ones) and their power tools, make a real difference in people's lives.
Last summer we replaced two roofs, built two decks, installed siding, and painted a house! All for the sake of God's kingdom!
Each summer, a Mission Team travels to Down East Maine. Washington County is the poorest county in all of New England. This team of about 15 adults and 14 youth work together with homeowners to help in making their homes safer, drier, and warmer. We help with repairing roofs, building stairs, decks, and handicap access ramps, as well as paint homes, or whatever falls within our skillset. We are all blessed to be a blessing...